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Report: State education funding model fuels inequities across Wisconsin

Published Sept. 8, 2014

Madison's non-partisan Forward Institute released a report Monday that looked at education funding across the state of Wisconsin and found that over the past decade increasing poverty, deep education cuts, voucher expansion, the economic recession and growing rates of bilingual and special needs enrollment have led to a system that fuels funding and opportunity gaps among Wisconsin students and communities.

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"Milwaukee" hip hop song gets 150,000 views on YouTube

Published Sept. 6, 2014

Four years ago, Montrel Wade - known by his fans as Trelly G - made a video featuring his hip-hop song "Milwaukee." Four years later, it continues to receive thousands of YouTube views, but Wade is focusing on future musical projects.

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Social media could help MPS parent coordinators connect

Published Sept. 5, 2014

When school opened for the majority of MPS schools this week, most every program had a new 30-hour-a-week parent coordinator paraprofessional on staff to help school staff and families build bridges. At least one school's coordinator has constructed a successful one via social media. It's a model that could be successfully duplicated at other schools.

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The 127th first day of school

Published Sept. 2, 2014

Most of MPS' more than 150 schools all across the city -- including Maryland Avenue Montessori, whose building opened in 1887 -- swung open their doors today, welcoming kids of all colors, classes, religions and needs.

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Old McKinley School gets a hearing

Published Aug. 28, 2014

In February, I wrote about the fact that the old McKinley School on 20th and Vliet is in danger of coming down. The details of that situation can be read here. The school is an unusual one in Milwaukee and deserves to be saved. Ald. Bob Bauman, in whose district the old school is located, has petitioned the city's Historic Preservation Commission for historic designation.

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Down on The Farm: Hunger Task Force land feeds Milwaukee

Published Aug. 27, 2014

In Franklin, just across 68th Street from the House of Correction there's a barn. Built in 1946, it's one heck of a barn. This attractive red and white marker of a rural Milwaukee past -- now part of Hunger Task Force's The Farm -- stands in stark contrast to the low, modern, blandness of the jail -- and its ominous razor-wire fences -- across the street. But the history of the two are intertwined.

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Mitchell is among area schools getting a primp from GE volunteers today

Published Aug. 21, 2014

Today, more than 2,500 current and retired GE employees, plus about 150 other volunteers, are walking into 16 Milwaukee Public Schools and four Waukesha Public Schools (as well as Greenfield High School) to paint, clean, organize and landscape to help the schools plan for the first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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MPS will offer free meals to all students

Published Aug. 11, 2014

All MPS students will now have access to free breakfast and lunch at school. Over the summer, Milwaukee Public Schools was accepted into a program, open to schools that take part in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, that allows it to offer free lunch to all students enrolled in the district.

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Milwaukee Talks: Common Council President Michael Murphy

Published Aug. 5, 2014

Recently, columnist Dave Begel named Ald. Michael Murphy one of the most important people in Milwaukee. As Common Council President, Murphy is one of the top politicians in the city. We sat down with the 10th district alderman -- who became the city's 47th council president on Feb. 11 -- to talk about a range of issues, from development to schools to crime and more.

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Urban Spelunking: Lee School

Published July 24, 2014

Now that Lee School -- which closed in 2009 -- is back in the news, it seemed like a good time to finally get a look at this vintage schoolhouse I've long been eager to see.

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Human mom raising baby raccoons

Published July 21, 2014

Alissa Gonyea, a Milwaukee Public Schools teacher, planned to have a lesiurely summer that included travel and camping adventures with her son and nephew. Instead, she is taking care of four baby raccoons.

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Johnson makes deep grooves in Milwaukee radio, schools and families

Published July 17, 2014

Barry Johnson is a 34-year veteran DJ at WMSE and the host of Saturday afternoon's "The Boogie Bang." But it's his commitment to family, work, church and Milwaukee Public Schools that make him one of Milwaukee's many unsung heroes. This song's for you, Barry.

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5 great photos of fun at Milwaukee playgrounds

Published July 7, 2014

We all have fond memories of summer fun on school playgrounds (don't we?). This year, Milwaukee school playgrounds are back open offering a wide range of free fun for city kids.